In an effort to increase clarity, transparency and the accessibility of student fee information, the University of Michigan recently made additions to the Standard Practice Guide to clarify the process for reviewing and approving student fees.

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As the governing body of the university, the Board of Regents is responsible for determining the cost of tuition and mandatory fees that are applicable to all students. The new SPG, effective Aug. 1, explains the approval processes for more narrowly tailored nominal fees, and addresses immediate and extraordinary expenses.

According to the language of the SPG, “The goals of this policy are to support affordability and access for diverse student participants, and to provide consistency and transparency of fees to students and the broader campus community.”

The new SPG defines the roles and responsibilities a number of university offices will perform in an effort to outline a clear, consistent fee approval process.

The SPG will also act as a roadmap that will help guide U-M schools, colleges and units as they develop and propose class fees and educational program fees to support engaged learning opportunities.

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